Looking at the Evidence for Birthing Your Baby: Self-directed vs Coached pushing?

As you approach the end of your pregnancy, it is normal to think about and even worry about giving birth. It is normal to have some apprehension in these last few days, even if you have given birth before or… Read More

Epidural – Is it right for you?

Epidural Anaesthesia is an effective and popular form of pain relief for women during labour and childbirth. The epidural is an injection which is inserted into your spine in the lower back into an area called the ‘epidural… Read More

Induction of labour – Is it right for you?

 What is induction? An induction of labour is when a doctor or midwife uses various methods to artificially initiate or accelerate labour. such as: a membrane stretch and sweep a pessary or gel artificial rupture of membranes (ARM)… Read More

New HSE birth statistics show a continuing high level of interventions including C-sections, instrumental deliveries and episiotomies

C-sections rates 2012

First time mothers struggle to avoid an intervention in labour  Figures show a lack of support nationally for mothers planning vaginal birthsafter Caesareans The HSE has released detailed figures of birth statistics from Ireland’s 19 public maternity units for… Read More

Detailed statistics on Ireland’s 19 public maternity units published for the first time

(Monday, 6 January 2014) The Association of Improvements in Maternity Services, Ireland (AIMS Ireland) has today welcomed the publication by the HSE of detailed statistics from Ireland’s 19 public maternity units. The 2011 data includes information on C-section rates… Read More

AIMS Ireland response to the ‘home versus hospital birth’ debate

(Tuesday, 17 September 2013) AIMS Ireland today expressed their continued support of women making informed decisions on where and how they give birth in Ireland. In recent weeks, the media have given the topic of ‘home versus hospital… Read More

No Country for Pregnant Women – Mother A v Waterford Regional Hospital

(Tuesday, 12 March 2013) This past weekend, as the nation celebrated International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day, an Irish Maternity Hospital initiated an invasive procedure on a pregnant woman against her will. ‘Mother A’ was denied patient autonomy… Read More

Doula Care

Research has shown that the presence of a doula is extremely beneficial for the labouring woman. According to some research, midwives and nurses are only able to give 10% of their time in ‘supportive roles’ in labour and… Read More

Informed Decision Making: “No Thank You” – A Guide to Informed Decison Making

Your experience of labour and birth should be exactly that – YOURS. Every birth is unique as each woman will approach childbirth in her own way. It is important that you have the information you need to decide… Read More